A Canadian Speaks Out About Health Care In Canada – Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

I want to start by telling you expanding on what dr. Huntoon said why I ended up in the United States I in Thailand Germany and Nepal but I'm originally from Canada five years ago a number of events happen in my own family which made the decision for me my wife needed a bunionectomy simple procedure she waited two and a half years on the surgical waiting list never got it never got it by the end she had been given a cane a walker vicodin but not the surgery because it wasn't life-threatening you know she could still work and pay taxes you know no big thing just wait your turn we have politicians in line in front of you and prisoners so you know wait your turn by the time she got here she basically had to get a titanium toll because the joint had deteriorated to the point where it was gone my son was hit by a car he was driving on his bicycle and he was making an illegal u-turn wasn't wearing a helmet he was hit head-on by a car going 35 miles an hour's head went through the windshield he was unconscious on the pavement for three minutes taken to emergency waited three hours on a gurney in the hallway got an x-ray and was discharged no CT wasn't available same with Denise Richards wasn't able to get a CT just wasn't available they said skull isn't broken you know couple stitches it's bleeding a bit and and my mother when she was diagnosed this was in 97 with breast cancer she was told that because she was over 65 years old the only option was a radical mastectomy that was it take it or leave it that's all that's available so after these events I decided is this is not worth my health okay now my wife of course is American so from California so for her it was coming back for me I moved to the United States when I was going up a tile and of course I went to an American school because it was during the Vietnam War so I was kind of educated as Ana and in the system but when I came down here I started talking about Canadian healthcare now don't get me wrong I'm not bashing Canadian healthcare it's actually pretty good if you don't need it okay it's only if you need it it you find out it isn't what I'd like to do today is I'd like to help everybody to understand something that is kind of an abstract concept why don't Canadians hang their politicians from lampposts because of what's happening most Canadians say it's not a bad system you know and you know eighty to ninety percent of people aren't acutely or current chronically ill at anytime and don't need you know the care so on a day to day basis is not bad here's the picture incidentally I've been involved in the health care caucus in the California Republican Party and during during the first one that's when Rudy of course announced his candidacy so after that he asked me if I would draft his health care reform policy now let's start by explaining Canadian socialism and the first question is for the bottle of crevassed a first question what kind of political agenda does this administration have Obama administration fascism okay doctor am ruling remember that you've got the crevasse a very good exactly and and in Canada they have a very benign form of socialism that's very accepted my son and I won't give away for a bottle for this one but can anybody guess which one is my son my son wanted to play basketball okay he's now he wanted to get into a really good school and when he came to live with me from his mother's house in the ninth grade it was three weeks into the school year basketball tryouts had already passed so he couldn't try out that year in a sophomore year he went to try out again and the coach said if you didn't play last year you can't play this year because in Canada they don't have athletic scholarships because that would mean that somebody's actually doing better than than other people and which is frowned upon so they have a very low quality of coaching staff so if you played last year then you can come in if not I can't really coach you in his junior year he tried out again and they said this year we're not looking for tall kids we're looking for short kids okay gotta give the short kids a chance okay so he couldn't get in again and in his senior year they said we just don't have enough jerseys now Rick is six foot seven okay and you can't teach tall a good coach can teach an athletic person willing to play basketball but you can't teach tall so Canadian socialism the way it works is let's give the short kids a chance okay so he didn't get in now insula incidentally he's just starting on his PhD in public choice theory at Suffolk College so he he made it out okay even without without basketball got a video here I taped an interview when I was last time I was up in Canada this is healthcare explained in the words of a Canadian she's a 67 year old retired schoolteacher and she refused to give her City and she refused to give her full name because she was afraid that the physician would retaliate and fire her because if a doctor fires a patient in Canada you can't get another doctor okay you are SOL so that's why I only refer to her by her first name and the city where she's from not where she currently lives okay go ahead how I feel is that I said a lot of times even in they exist the system exists for the for the system of education rather than for the students and I almost feel that a lot of times with health care health care doesn't exist with patient I think the difference that I felt between the Mayo Clinic and going here in Canada was that at the Mayo Clinic they're not perfect now I don't mean i'm unrealistic they're they make errors too but the system there was really trying to put the patient number one what i find in our healthcare here it's a system that's number one and then about 1983 I went back myself just for a second opinion because my family had gone for second opinions and I think that's how we got introduced to outside health care was to getting second opinions because any system we found it very difficult to get a second opinion that wasn't part of the system and then we my husband he was misdiagnosed as opportunity and we got a second opinion in Saskatoon and that they never acted on land so then we went to the Mayo funny my husband is alive today and having a half-decent lifestyle not because the system here couldn't have done it not because we have a fantastic heart specialist that we were going to but we found him after we needed you know we got in my heart after we went to the Mayo Clinic and came back but before that he just got missed and misdiagnosed which again like I said I don't expect anybody to be perfect but where do you go for a second opinion we went to the second guy and the second guy said nothing wrong and but we knew he couldn't walk 50 feet I went back to my family doctor and said I counseled the church and he said you can't do that I have how can you and I said because I got it done one week later of mine and what's more interesting was this particular doctor when his wife got breast cancer phoned me to just see what the system was like earlier that was impressive for me it was interests I felt that didn't make the wrong I can understand the average person who doesn't have to deal with the health system at all saying that it is because I was extremely pleased with my knee okay streaming please with the doctor I thought it was wonderful but I just thank God that it wasn't anything more serious for example my mother had open-heart surgery the procedure is that after the open-heart surgery one day a special care not one-day intensive care two days in special care and then you go into a storm the floor in one of the ordinary wards and in two days you go home now that's the system but the end of that time my mother was a capable going home but she had to go home anyway because the system couldn't change they don't think there's a there was a process for you know you can fall into the system from your okay but if you happen to step out of it it's very hard to get back into it I don't mean that the individual doctor doesn't care right but she's working in a system that doesn't allow him the potential to work the way he wants to right I think the doctors and they can't tell you the patient what's really going on because they're they're really tight if I'm scared to say something I can't even imagine how much they must be limited in my face because we all have to find really sad though it's like I said when we went out it's that we didn't get a thing done out there that could've been done here it's just that we couldn't get access to and you would say oh well you know if you really need it you're going to get it it just depends how the system can manage to get you in thing and you can't blade one I think we have to take responsibility when I go outside of the system it's not against any system it's for me taking personal responsibility for myself hmm and some of us worked hard to save some money so we could do that I would love to buy a bigger motor home I'd love to fly another trip somewhere but we don't because you never know we have to take responsibility my house I sell my car I would have it sell everything if I had to have health care I mean when she's when you're really critically ill money means nothing ill when he was 54 and couldn't work and I looked after my dad I looked after my mom through a couple open-heart surgeries and left after my husband mom you know I've been around health care issues all my life and I still save money for my own health care I saved it so if I have to emergency back by air ambulance to the man so this interview was completely unscripted I asked very few questions she just talked and talked and you probably noticed the most common word was the system okay cuz that's what it is it's the system and Canadians are afraid to ask the doctor well you know why do you recommend that kind of care are there any alternatives because the doctor will feel challenged and in a system where the doctor can fire the patient and where a great many number of Canadians don't have a primary care physician and therefore no access to a specialist the last thing a Canadian wants to do is get fired by their doctor because then they have nothing they have nothing so they live in fear they live in fear of challenging the system and they hope that if they need it it's there for them but they know it probably won't be okay this is you know like I said the attitudes of Canadians are incredible and you have to really understand inside their heads so that you can appreciate what what's going to happen here eventually uninsured in Canada how many people knew that there are uninsured Canadians in Canada good roughly three to five percent of the population of Canada are uninsured and the uninsured Canadians have even harder access you know then the insured because in Canada you cannot pay a physician for care you cannot pay direct it's not a two-tier system Canada is one of two one of only two true single-payer systems in the world 16 2.8 percent of Canadians do not have a primary care physician in some parts of the country and Quebec for example it's it's over 30 percent 34 percent and if you don't have access to a primary care physician you can't get a referral to a specialist so you have to go to the government clinic the free clinic and and it's much harder to get a referral from a walk-in clinic than it is from your primary doctor who knows you it's one of two countries that has a true single-payer system where it is illegal to pay a physician that's actually a legal physician for a physician to accept payment now test question for the bottle of Shiva what is the other country not Cuba North Korea very good okay doctor soo bahk you've got the shivers remember that when okay when we when we here single payer here we think about government medicine okay but true single payer means there's no copay for anything there's no coinsurance there's no deductible there's no you know skin in the game for the patient and the patient cannot pay for private care now as dr. Sholay was telling us yesterday what they do by rationing is when they find that a certain you know treatment or something like that is is utilized at a higher rate they delist it just like in tenncare they D listed three drugs that accounted for 44% of the TennCare budget in Canada they D list services they D listed chiropractors and massage therapists and physiotherapists because people were using them too much of course prescription drugs are not covered in Canada at all under the the you know socialized medicine they're not covered so by D listing services that's how they're trying to keep the expenditures down and of course as dr. Sholay also said by limiting the limiting the amount of reimbursement to the physician they limit the time spent and therefore they try to push more patients through now we talk about the uninsured what we're seeing in Canada is signs coming up in hospitals now because there's more and more uninsured all the time here's a sign look at this this is in British Columbia outpatient charges this is in ER BC resident 169 dollars with no medical coverage out of 169 with no medical coverage out-of-country 500 physician 320 so total four out of countries 820 but again BC resident no medical coverage okay uninsured Canadians this one is in Ontario er rate schedule it you know nice fancy sign it's got the three holes to hang it up by emergency room hospital charge excludes physicians fee non residents of Canada 320 uninsured Canadians no valid OLAP card 150 so if you can prove that you're Canadian but you're uninsured it's only hundred and fifty they will not see you they will not see you without pain unless you're unconscious or it's life-threatening my sister's a psychiatric nurse in British Columbia a patient was admitted by the police that was suicidal about to jump from a bridge on you know drugs or something and he was uninsured and they said sorry it's not life-threatening you know attempted suicide isn't life-threatening I can't figure that one out but I guess it didn't meet the definition so he was refused he was refused service and go to the free clinic tomorrow additional charges again if you're insured you can't you cannot do this you cannot pay but if you're uninsured you can actually pay for some of these services now how are people uninsured in Canada well first of all you have to understand that in Canada there there's not one National Health System there is the Canada Health Act which is about 13 pages long not 2,700 each province has to comply with the Canada Health Act to get federal funding but each province runs its own health care scheme in some provinces you have to pay premium in others the employer has to pay your premium and in others that's just covered in general tax revenue those words covered in general tax revenue there's relatively few uninsured those where you have to pay premium if you don't pay taxes or if you live under a bridge guess what you're on it short okay now you're eligible but you're uninsured just like here we have people eligible for Medicare but not enroll okay so the the term uninsured if I presented myself and I said well I'm eligible because I'm a Canadian citizen but I don't I haven't filed tax return in years so I don't have a government help card then I'm uninsured I can apply for you know it I would have to apply for welfare file back taxes and then there's you know three to six month wait so I could eventually get coverage but I'm currently not insured measures of effectiveness this is this is also a very good one that we hear when we hear you know the Canadian and other systems of socialized medicine compared to our system and we you know we talked about cost percent of GDP is stuff like that but the the most common two measures of effectiveness are infant mortality and life expectancy infant mortality is measured differently in every different country there are some countries believe it or not that have zero infant mortality in the first 24 hours in the United States it's 41 percent 41 percent of first year mortality occurs in the first 20 24 hours that makes sense because and I don't need to tell you this I know this but definition of live birth is any sign of life involuntary twitch who is alive okay in some countries before you're considered a live birth you have to be in Switzerland I think it's 30 centimeters or 24 something like that you have to you know be a certain size in some countries you have to live 24 hours in some countries you actually have to be able to say yet comrade before you considered a life birth okay so it's different it's different country to country life expectancy of course we all know that that that has some bearing on on medical treatment but not a whole lot gunshot wounds motor vehicle fatalities there's some things that are just different if you stripped out all the violent crime and motor vehicle fatalities the United States would have the highest life expectancy in the West Western world so some of these measures of effectiveness are not really all that valid okay and of course we do know that people come here from all over the world for the really complex care ok they continue to come here so if our measures of effectiveness are so bad why do they keep coming cost effect cost effectiveness in Canada they spend about nine point nine percent of GDP however about a third of all medical care is out of pocket in the United States it's under 14 percent okay again they pay for shorter encounters because I think to pay and and somebody last night asked a question of dr. Scholl II think was doctor Schiller that asked if I remember correctly but I think the question was how much do they pay for a visit it varies province to province a regular follow-up visit in British Columbia is 13 dollars and 46 cents okay so how much care can you provide for that 33 percent out-of-pocket cost Dental is not covered at all in Canada prescription medications are not covered chiropractor physiotherapy you cannot get a physical in Canada unless you need it for employment purposes in which case you're allowed to pay if you have a pilot's license or a truck driver license then you can actually pay but you cannot get a you know wellness checkup routine healthcare you can't because it has been proven in Canada that preventive medicine does not save money yeah it saves lives but it doesn't save money because you have to diagnose you know you have to do check-up on so many people to find one or two treatable early stage diseases it's a whole lot more cost effective just to let them get the stage four give them some morphine and you know put them on an ice floe you know that's that's the government that's global budgeting okay and Canadians just accept that you know that's cool we don't want tall kids on the basketball team we want to give the short kids a chance and you know can't have somebody taking more health care than then they deserve because universal health care is actually a lie it's actually unachievable it's unattainable because it assumes that every single person is entitled to the same amount of health care from the 23 year old athlete to the 89 the old cancer patient they're all entitled to the same so it attempts to deliver the same amount so you know the cancer patient gets not enough the 23 year old gets too much and in the that's where the breakdown is it's in the temp because we wouldn't want somebody get more health care than somebody else that would be so unfair they've talked in Canada about 2-tier they've talked about a parallel private system but the way the Canadians feel is that you know if you have ten shopping carts in front of you at Albertsons and you're checking out and a second lineup opens and then four move out now you're number six instead of number eleven okay but the guy in front of you used to be number ten and now he's number four so that's no fair okay and that's their attitude and it's really it's interesting because Canadian the Canadians defined themselves two ways number one they have free health care number two they define themselves as being not American okay so those are the two ways that Canadians define themselves let's talk a little bit about statistics wait times to see specialists are very high and they vary from place to place oh here here was my other question for a bottle of Crown Royal okay how much does the US Army pay for a toilet seat $1200 dr. Watson okay you've got the Crown Royal okay so we talked about government medicine being cost effective with $1200 toilet seats I don't think so in some provinces it's thirty five weeks for a sonic or not sonogram ultra same thing 117 weeks for neurosurgery 130 wait 138 to see an orthopedic surgeon so some Canadians where my mother lives in Kelowna British Columbia they actually go to see a veterinarian because there's no dermatologist okay and since the vets earn more than medical doctors they're usually they're the brighter students say hey you know I worked this hard for 89 thousand a year I can make 170 as a vet you know no no government interference so they become vets so the seniors go and see the vets a dog in Canada can get an MRI in one to two days person will wait 13 months here's a chart from the Fraser Institute and I've just highlighted a few these are the different provinces pe is Prince Edward Island thirty three point eight weeks for gynecology neurosurgery in New Brunswick hundred and sixteen weeks orthopedic surgery 138 urology 63 so these are these are just the wait times to get in to see a specialist and you know get cared for and the Canadian government is very very proud of their statistics because they now they have recently published the fact that in 30 percent of the provinces they meet the the worst possible wait time 75% of the time okay so congratulations on achieving Meteor aakriti 30 percent of the provinces 75 percent of the time they meet the wait times now is Canadian style medicine coming here is that what this government wants it's all about control it's all about política in Canada when there's an election coming up because it's not every four fourth year and the first Tuesday in November it's when the Prime Minister calls it and the Prime Minister is not elected he's appointed so in Canada when there's going to be an election the pollsters know when there's been going to be an election because the wait times for knees and hips decreases from two and a half years to one and a half years and they said there's going to be an election because the seniors vote so they decrease these wait times so it's all about maintaining power it's not about you know that it's not about helping the people the the doctor to patient ratio in Canada is 2.1 I think here it's 2.8 and of course they're not paying them to see the patients so they see dogs at night you know use the MRI machine can't use it at night for patients but you can use it for dogs and you know patients are suffering so we've we've got to fight for patient freedom and I know this group is I know apse members are we need to talk to our colleagues and we need to get them in on the fight you know get them in on this battle to fight for patient freedom because the patient's are very clear patients know what they want and they know what they don't want they know what's acceptable so who's going to fight for them in Canada how can they get care well let's look let's look at this this video here also an interview with Edith the operating room was 472 five dollars one-time 350 another time altogether we came home was everything they've all all the different tests and they had to give you like a mini physical before they could show people there's notes and everything are a little bit of money for health care especially when they talk about how you and your last six months of life use all your health care but I say that's what I worked all my life and paid taxes right what's all the last six months of my life I could have health care my dog just had a three thousand dollar surgery would you believe they phoned me every day for a couple days after the make sure he's okay I don't mean that the individual doctor doesn't care right but he's working in a system that doesn't allow him the potential to work the way he wants to and they can't tell you the patient what's really going on because they're so in in retrospect you feel that spending twelve thousand dollars of your own money could quite likely have saved your life my room at the Mayo Clinic that I had at the hospital now I can't remember which hospital of us in because it was st. Mary's is one I wasn't in that one I was in the other one in in at Rochester Minnesota right and my room was three hundred and sixty dollars for the night I had my own television I had stereo speakers and had my own phone I had a push button to the nursing station 100% of the time I'm not sure that the American system is Laurence's we have a company called Medi bed which allows you to go online on the computer and put down your health profile and what kind of treatment you want and then doctors from throughout the US and overseas will provide a bid on providing our care so you'll have different bids and you can look at their medical background their experience their training and then make their decision so you know the prices going in yeah that's that's excellent we would have you so Canadians will pay for access to care they don't have the mortgage deduction in Canada so because of that they tend to pay off their mortgages early in life okay and then they can mortgage their house now they have very high taxes they have very high costs so they don't have as much disposable income GDP per capita is lower but they'll mortgage the house a couple hundred grand if they need to they just want care that's all they want they know they can't get it in Canada and they know that throwing more money at this problem won't won't solve it so one thing that's very prevalent is bribing the doctor if you want to get a referral and you're lucky enough to have a primary care doctor you put ten $100 bills in an envelope and you seal it put the doctor's name on the front when you go in here go dr. Smith I'm you know anything you could do to expedite the referral would be greatly appreciated it magically happens okay it's in a developed socialist system there is so much black market everybody in Canada makes their own wine and beer because you know a dozen beer will cost you $30 so they make their own cheap bottle of wine cost $16 so they make their own wine if you want to see a doctor if you want to see a specialist you bribe the doctor travel to the US for care the problem with that is the perceived cost because they see our chargemaster prices you know the billed rates and that scares them and most Canadians are convinced that it's really expensive so you have these overseas medical tourism brokers that promote care in India and Thailand and Costa Rica for 15,000 and you know for procedure that they claim would cost 60,000 in the US okay it's billed at 60 it's not paid at 60 so there's this perception so these medical tourism people are shipping people overseas for perceived savings so we're trying to offer them options and and after we came down here five years ago we continued bringing our patients down for care we were doing it one on one just calling around after the last election that's when we built that's when we went on high gear and Metty bid and we built it so that Canadians couldn't get access and right now we're talking to the government of Ontario Alberta and British Columbia to outsource their some of their specialty care their excess capacity that they can't get to we've developed a financial model we're talking to some of the disability carriers the workers comp okay so we're talking to some governments to get some patients going we've been open for patients since January but we haven't done a whole lot of marketing okay because we've been trying to build up the number of physicians that are enrolled but we're going after these these governments right now now but for the final bottle which is I think the great goose okay for a bottle of Grey Goose can anybody name a Canadian politician that has traveled to the US for care in the last three years Steve Harper I don't know if Steve Harper when do you know the name do you know his name okay closest answer Danny Williams and what he said Danny Williams premier of Newfoundland said my heart my health my choice okay and he came for a care so all the great goes for Tamsin Canadians do have options they don't always understand them but we're trying to we're trying to help them and of course you know we have American patients on Medicaid as well we have a lot but we're you know we started it initially with the intent of helping Canadians and right now about 40 percent of our patients are Canadians and let me see here is the system now of course we have until Thanksgiving a six month free free trial six month free for any apps member okay so it's it's absolutely free not free is in free health care but really free what we've what we've heard from our patients is very interesting okay let me show you some of the outreach in Canada we've got bus ads Ron in 16 different cities with things like this okay this URL goes right to Medi bid so we've gotten a lot of knee replacement requests from these and we've gotten a lot of media attention in Canada too and some of them are really shocked I mean this is really shocked you know private health care you know what are you suggesting so the the media interviews have been really interesting what our patients are telling us is is really really really really interesting we've been in healthcare finance in the US and in Canada for many years for 15 years patience demands are changing in Canada and in the u.s. ok they don't want they don't want the six minute visit they don't when we did a survey of apps doctors couple years ago I guess we compiled the results from the survey and we asked questions about tell us about your Medicare patients your Medicaid your private insurance in your cash pay how many patients in each category how many dollars of Revenue and how many visits per year what we identified no surprise was the Medicare patients had the highest number of visits per year no surprise second highest was cash pay patients why would cash pay patients I would have thought insurance or Medicaid but it was the cash pay patients so we did some focus groups with cash pay patients and we said why what why do you go more frequently when it cost you a little bit more what they told us is the reason we go is because when I pay cash if I pay a $10 copay I'm getting six six minutes in a prescription okay I place a zero value on that I place no value okay and the doctors are saying well that's all I can afford for 13 bucks okay so both sides understand that it's not a good transaction but when they go and pay their own money whether it's fifty seventy-five two hundred dollars they say my doctor spends time with me my doctor looks at me in the eye my doctor knows my spouse's name my kids names my dog's name my doctor gives me an education my doctor empowers me to take control of my own health my doctors Marcus Welby okay and that's what people want and that's what they'll pay for when we looked at carving out just that cash pay segment of the typical practice and we we extrapolated over all of the patient load what we found is obviously much more profitable practice much less billing and admin people needed but there was another model that was within one dollar of the profitability and that's a veterinary practice okay so that veterinary medicine is free market okay and the cash paid mirrors that these are as of about two weeks ago our open requests what what surprised us and and these are many of the 40% of these are from Canada a lot for primary care we thought it would be near aplay sment and stuff a lot from primary care because as I said in Canada you can't get a physical so there's a lot of people that say I want a physical okay the only way you can get a physical in Canada unless you're a pilot or a truck driver is apply for life insurance and then they'll draw blood they do diagnose a lot of things on a you know insurance physical because but it's not a real physical you know it's it's a nurse just asking health questions and drawing blood so we have a lot of people that want primary care but they're asking for cash doctors they're asking for for Marcus Welby okay so they're they know what they want and see okay of course our equipment for that just wanted to mention that quick we just opened that this week if you have you know a physician has any exam table stethoscope filing cabinets office stuff you can trade that on many bit buy and sell and so we have cash patients many from Canada can we treat them can you take care of Canadians absolutely thank you very much


  1. So far i am healthy, but my dad had hip replacement, triple bypass, valve job, pacemaker, eye surgery and it was all reasonable and "free". We have also had 3 c-sections when we had our kids. You can switch doctors anytime. Maybe these people live in rural areas. I am in a big city with lots of hospitals. My mom had full chemo and radiation and a mastectomy. All "free" and quickly received.

  2. Interesting he asks if we can tell which young man was his in the basketball photo…why would we presume either one. The Canadians I speak to love their care. Of course in usa you are fine if you have a good insurance policy, but most who have coverage don't get much coverage at all. And then many can not afford any insurance, any more, except perhaps catastrophic with a $70,000 deductible. Bankruptcies seem to be the big options, here. This guy must get excellent coverage from the way he speaks. The heck with those who don't…let them die.

  3. I watched this yesterday while drunk and it seemed kind of funny, yet the doctor gets straight to the point. He's enlightened. I do not think an iota of what he's saying is false. I have nothing against Canadians, but I've seen a number of YouTube videos critical of the healthcare system in the US. I don't have any problems with it. But my perspective is someone on the lower end of the economic spectrum. But I myself always thought of Canada's healthcare as better as the USA's, but this is coming from a Canadian. You could tell he surely knows what he's talking about. He gets straight to the point and says how it is. Now the fact that they take bribes–uh, that never, ever, ever happens in the US. Just based on that that gives me an idea of how things are in Canada.

  4. did you notice how he emphasized the words "pay taxes"on his wife bunionectomy.. his son drives unsafely.. his old mother had cancer.. his wife was an American and he was educated as an American.. he's been involved in the Republican caucus.. hmm sense a theme here.. oh oh the word "Socialism" crept in the speech.. his son sure has bad luck he can't get into a sport.. hmm doctors "fire" patients..

  5. Health care in Canada costs us twice what it`s worth….what is thrown out is amazing…third world countries would benefit greatly from our garbage …why is this happening???

  6. my wife had 4 heart attack 3 stents put in the pancreas operation hernia and stone operation 2 hip replacment no problem i still own my own home

  7. It's simple all one has to do is watch the border states here in the states . They fill up with snowbirds most of whom are Canadian. The rest cross the border into the northern states to get health care . The proof is right there just ask a real Canadian. I've spoken to dozens and they all say Canadian health care sucks .

  8. I'm a Canadian and this doctor is spot on! I can tell you first hand that here in BC we do have many residents that do not have health insurance and many procedures are not covered, wait times are insane and overall the care is garbage. His words are the truth his message very clear! One example in my case — I went to my doctor as I twisted my knee and could hardly walk, I was told the soonest I could get in to see a specialist was 1 year! I could go on and on…trust me, this guy is not a shill spreading propaganda as many of you are making him out to be — he appears to be an educated, awakened man who has unveiled the hidden truth about Canada's health care SYSTEM for what it is…crap! The best healthcare I've received so far has been Czech Republic, Romania (yes, Romania where foreigners also get FREE healthcare in a public hospital, or you can pay for private so you have a choice!) and Thailand.

  9. So you have a system where the Doctor can fire the patient, but that puts no pressure or onus on the patient to keep his mouth shut if there ARE problems? And we're supposed to accept the word of someone who lives under that system that everything is fine? That things are even OK?

    That's like asking the prisoners at a concentration camp what they think of the food when the guards are watching….

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